Erica LaFountain

Erica LaFountain
Position: 
President

Co-op Member Since: 1980s/2014

Co-op Board Member Since: 2015

What brought you to the Co-op Board?: I want to be more involved. I am proactive, and I care about the Co-op. As a mother of two young children I’ve decided not to hold a traditional job for the time being, so this is a welcome opportunity to apply myself in a different capacity.

Marshall Issen

Position: 
Treasurer

How long have you been a Co-op member? I have been a member since about 2001, about a year or so after my spouse and I moved to Potsdam from Chicago.

Joseph Andriano

Joseph Andriano
Position: 
Board Member

How long have you been a Co-op member?

I have been a member of the co-op since August of 2013. Joining the co-op was one of the first things that we did upon moving to the area. 

What do you appreciate most about the Co-op?

Kayla French

Position: 
Board Member

I am a middle and high school English teacher. I am a 46R and a rescue-level scuba diver. I am a reader of books and a drinker of coffee. I am a mother of a son. I am a poet. I am a Virgo. I am a gardener. I love leaving the North Country, and I love returning home to the North Country. I try to live as conscientiously as possible.

Tim Messner

Position: 
Board Member

Co-op Member since: 2012

Favorite Co-op Item? The bakery and deli – best lunch options in town.

Laura Cordts

Laura Cordts
Position: 
Board Member

Co-op Member Since:   A long time!  I can remember packaging at the old Co-op on Market Street, by the bypass.  

Co-op Board Member Since: 2013 

What do you appreciate most about the Co-op?:  The availability of healthy, local, and/or organic food, in a fun and friendly setting.

What brought you to the Co-op Board?: I love the Co-op and want to make sure it remains viable in our community.  

Stefan Grimberg

Board Member Stefan Grimberg
Position: 
Board Member

How long have you been a Co-op member?

We moved to the North Country December 1995 and I believe we joined the Co-op soon after we arrived.  So more than 20 years…

 

What opportunities have you had to be involved in the Co-op?

I have been on the building and grounds committee. Over the past several years I have been cleaning bins weekly as part of my 20% discount work requirements.  Before that I served on the board for one term, serving as the board president for one year.

 

Jim Fryer

Position: 
Board Member

Co-op Member since: 

I’ve been a member of the co-op since 2012, soon after I moved to the Potsdam area. Over the years, I’ve spent many hours volunteering, primarily in packaging. I also wrote an article for the Spring 2017 newsletter, considering ways we can channel more of our grocery budgets to the co-op.

 

Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

Karen Bage

Position: 
Board Member

How long have you been a Co-op member?

I moved to the North Country in the summer of 1997 - my first winter was the ice storm of 1998! I’ve been a member of the co-op on and off (mostly on) since then.

 

What do I appreciate about the Co-op?

Board Meeting Minutes

About Board Service

In general, the Board is responsible for the financial viability of the Co-op.  The Board evaluates and approves the Co-op Budget, evaluates the General Manager’s performance, sets goals and objectives for the Co-op and makes sure the Co-op continues to operate in accordance with and in the spirit of its mission and by-laws. 

The Co-op Board expects Board members to attend and participate in monthly 2-hour Board meetings (held the third Tuesday of each month).  Certain annual events hosted by the Board also require Board attendance, such as the Co-op Annual Meeting, the staff holiday party, and the Co-op Open House.  The Board accomplishes a great deal of work in committees and the Board expects members to participate in committees of their choosing.  Currently the Board has the following standing Committees: Executive, Finance, Governance/Nominating, Education/Outreach, Membership/Marketing, IT, and Buildings and Grounds.